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MusicfestNW: Surfer Blood, Ages & Ages, Wild Ones, Holiday Friends 

When: Fri., Sept. 6, 8 p.m. 2013
Price: $15
People are waiting and wishing for Surfer Blood to fail. Even before frontman John Paul Pitts was arrested for domestic battery last year (the case was later dropped), he exuded a vaguely off-putting vibe that belied the sunny fuzz-pop of his band's instant-hit debut, 2009's Astro Coast. And that album's overnight success didn't exactly endear the Florida band to indie rock's cred hawks, who want to see some dues paid before the praise starts pouring in. If its new album is any indication, however, Surfer Blood is not going to just wither and fade. Pythons is a taut collection of snappy pop-rock potshots that are musically sweet but lyrically sour; many of its songs revolve around the crumbling relationship that ended with Pitts' arrest. The chorus of "I Was Wrong" lays out the past, present, and future quite succinctly: "In a place riddled with liars and fools, you are now taking the high road out," Pitts sings. "All along I was wrong, I was wrong. I'm moving on with or without." BEN SALMON

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